Friday, September 9, 2016

Concepts and Critical Thinking: Developing a creative mindset

Concepts and Critical Thinking
Developing a creative mindset > Breadth Studio Activities
Goal Concept:
Understand and be able to cultivate creativity strategies and improve time management.

Access Prior Knowledge:
“Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled, to concentrate, to accept conflict and tension, to be born every day, to feel a sense of self.”  
~ Erich Fromm > , in Creativity and Its Cultivation

Instructional Strategy
  • Deepen Understanding
Learning Activity
Watch > Teaching Art or Teaching to Think Like Artists - Foley >
Watch more > Where do Ideas come from - Playlist >

New Information:
A Kick in the Seat of the Pants
In Roger Von Oech’s book he identifies four distinct roles in the creative process.

First, the explorer learns as much as possible about the problem.  Research is crucial.  Ignorance may result in a superficial concept or in a compositional cliche.  

Second, the artist experiments with a wide variety of solutions, using all sorts of combinations, proportions, and materials.  By creating 10 solutions to the problem, the artist can select the most possible, probable and preferable outcome rather than accepting the only available one.

Third, the judge assesses the work in progress and determines what revisions are required.  Innovative ideas are never fully developed when first presented; most need extensive revision and expansion.  rather than discard an underdeveloped idea, the judge identifies its potential and determines ways to increase its strength.

Fourth, the warrior implements the idea.  When the project is large and complex, implementation can be a challenge.  When obstacles appear, the warrior assess the situation, determines the best course of action, and then completes the project.

Instructional Strategy
  • Deepen Understanding
Learning Activity
Read More >


Apply Knowledge and Skills:
Create > Studio Activity: Interactive Public Space Art

Goal: The central idea of my concentration is to create art that provides my community an opportunity to express itself.

Studio Activity:
Respond >
  • how did she define and then express her concentration?
  • what was the art that you saw?
  • what was her canvas?
  • ultimately mention community, public spaces, post-it notes, interaction
  • The central idea of my concentration is to make art that...  
Create > a collaborative group Interactive Public Space Artwork.  Come up with a creative prompt that engages the public visually and intellectually.  Design the work to be both visually and intellectually engaging and makes the public viewer want to interact and open up.  Make photographs documenting the work and the public engagement with the work.  Be sure to make quality images because ultimately the art will be the photograph - plus that is what you will share to our G+ community and event.

Trigger Mechanisms: Empathize, Symbolize, Advocate

Materials: Art media of your choice

Visual Examples:

Create > Studio Activity: Art and Issue
Goal: The central idea of my concentration is to create art that signifies a visual response to a social, ethical or moral issue.  

Studio Activity:
Reflect >
  1. Do artists have a role in reflecting and commenting on the society in which they live?
  2. Should artists provoke divergent (differing) points of view about social issues?
  3. What are some issues that our community/school/nations/world is currently confronting?
  4. How might an artist depict one of these issues to promote constructive discussion?
Create > an artwork, without words, that signifies your point of view on a contemporary issue and simultaneously presents a potent image.  This is the most challenging of projects because it is difficult to communicate visually.  You must plan out your composition carefully so that the concept and message is obvious to the viewer without your explanation.
  • nuclear arms, war or terrorism
  • endangered species
  • drug abuse
  • women’s issues  
  • politics, religion
  • more here >
Complete at least 3 preliminary sketches and ask your friends and family if they ‘get it.’ If they do not, adjust your composition and subject matter accordingly.  The best thing you can do is choose an issue you are excited and informed about.  Save your thumbnail sketches.  Render the best in the media of your choice  

Trigger Mechanisms: Empathize, Symbolize, Advocate

Materials: Art media of your choice

Art History:  
Picasso’s Guernica >

Visual Examples: >
Watch > Art or Not? >

Generalize, Reflect & Publish:
Instructional Strategy
  • Evaluate the results
Learning Activity
Reflect > Should I go back and rework anything?
  • How did you combine art elements (line, color, shape, texture, value)  to develop art principles? (Unity/variety, balance, emphasis contrast, rhythm, proportion/scale, figure/ground relationship)
  • Where are the dominant shapes, forms, colors, or textures that carry expressive significance?
  • Why Is the work ordered and balanced or chaotic and disturbing?
  • What gives the work its uniqueness?
  • Is symbolism used in the work to convey meaning other than what one sees?
  • Does the work evoke any feelings?

Instructional Strategy
  • Providing Recognition
Learning Activity
Publish > Share your album to our G+Community > Concepts & Creations category
Display > Add your photos to the Event

Instructional Strategy
  • Providing Feedback
Learning Activity
Critique >
  • Give positive feedback > +1 every image that deserves it
  • Give peer feedback > Give 2 peer images a VTS critique >
Self-assess >